Question: Why are there video screenshots in Snagit, without the ability to annotate them?

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I don't understand why it's possible to make a video screenshot as .gif in Snagit but have to move over to Camtasia to annotate? Doesn't seem to make any sense to me because Snagit is an annotation tool, and I can record videos with Snagit, but I cannot annotate in it when making a video screenshot? Seems illogical and defeats the purpose of the software.

What was the reason to allow a video screenshot, but not be able to annotate the video in Snagit?
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Snagit even allows me to make .mp4's but I cannot use custom made stamps and colors within my videos, seems like the user has to make an extra step in another software just to annotate a video made in Snagit. 

I don't understand its purpose. 
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Snagit has traditionally been a still screen capture tool, and Camtasia has been the video screen capture tool.

I agree that the inclusion of video capture in Snagit doesn't make a lot of sense - Camtasia is, and has been the video screen capture tool of choice for recording the screen and editing it afterwards.

I'm not sure what the reason was behind adding the ability to capture video in snagit - maybe to give people who don't need to edit a quick way to capture a quick few minute video so they could upload it to youtube or something like that.

Anyhow if you're goal is to record video and then edit it, Camtasia would be the product from Techsmith you'd want to use for that.  For a free alternative, you could save as mp4, and edit with imovie which comes free with your mac.
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You asked:
What was the reason to allow a video screenshot, but not be able to annotate the video in Snagit?

I don't know, I'm just guessing that the SnagIT video capture is just for simple, "quick-and-dirty" video captures.  They do give us the ability to cut and trim the video.  But adding annotations is much more complicated, requiring the use of timeline and a lot of other tools and features.

If you really need more than SnagIT gives you, then you will need to get a dedicated video editing tool like Camtasia (and a number of others).  If you want to see what is involved, you can download a free trial of Camtasia.

I'd guess that TechSmith added limited video capture to SnagIT as a bonus tool, just to stay a bit ahead of the competition, and to serve as an inducement for us to buy Camtasia.  

Of course all of this is just a big guess on my part.  I have no association with Techsmith, other than being a customer, and owning both SnagIT and Camtasia Mac 2.
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I totally agree with everything JMichaelTX said. And I'll take it even further to suggest that what we see with SnagIt and video capture is likely from customer requests. 

I know I'm not alone in this view as I've seen others post it here. Some folks are amazed that TechSmith would even offer a video type capture in SnagIt. Why? Because they make and sell Camtasia. And that's what Camtasia is all about and totally rocks. So why would you want to waste your time turning SnagIt into bloatware by offering the same features Camtasia does? Not only bloatware, but where is the financial incentive? SnagIt costs somewhere around $50 and Camtasia is much more.

So here we are, now we have rudimentary video recording capability in SnagIt, and now we are seeing requests and demands for better video editing. And it makes me wonder if TechSmith somewhat regrets the decision to even add the video recording bits.

Again, I'm in the same boat as JMichaelTX in saying that I too have no association with TechSmith. I'm also just another user and fan of their products.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Basic Video in Snagit enables the following:
  • as a IT/Support/QA person, I can take a video of a short process, then extract individual frames (as still images) and annotate those to document/explain all or part of a process
  • as a IT/Support/QA person, I can take a video of a short process and then convert all or a portion of it to a GIF file to draw attention to a particular step of a process
  • as a IT/Support/QA person, I want to record a short process and just share the video (with only a bare minimum of editing) to explain a process
Those are some of the use cases for video in Snagit. IMHO, adding complex multi-track editing to Snagit would be a mistake. (besides, that is what Camtasia is for...) However, I think these are valid examples and uses of basic video in Snagit...

Will TechSmith add more video features to Snagit? Probably someday; but I'm guessing that replicating Camtasia will not be the approach we'd take.  (Note: personal opinion and conjecture has been supplied... nothing official.)  ;-)
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Doug, great response.  Hopefully that should clear up this issue/concern.

My apologies for tailgating on this topic (I do not see an option for PM), but since you are the Snagit Lead Developer, would you mind taking a look at this nagging issue:
ISSUE: Capture Always Includes Mouse Pointer in SnagIT Mac 4.1.5

I've tried a clean reinstall of Snagit, and that did not resolve the issue.  Thanks.
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Doug, could you explain how to extract individual frames (as still images) and annotate those images? This would be very helpful. 
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I'm not Doug, but when you record a video in SnagIt, you see buttons at the bottom of the editor. The PNG button allows saving a frame:



Once you save the frame it becomes a PNG image that you are then able to annotate as desired.

You do have to first locate the desired frames and individually click the button each time.

Cheers... Rick :)
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@Rick: 

Thanks for the speedy reply!